Life's a Pitch

Life's a Pitch

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

Episodes

Is Neymar about to join PSG and become the first £200m footballer?  

Mike Calvin, Tony Evans and Tom Hopkinson dissect the biggest transfer story of the summer as PSG ramp up their pursuit of Neymar and assess all the rumours circulating the Premier League transfer mill.

Premier League clubs are being held to ransom in the transfer market  

Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Dom Fifield dissect the biggest transfer stories from around Europe and discuss the lack of faith in club’s academies and the emergence of feeder clubs.

Rooney returns home as Man Utd win Lukaku race  

Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and David Walker discuss the rise of the super-agent in light of Romelu Lukaku’s big money move to Manchester United, Wayne Rooney’s return to Goodison Park and all of the other big transfer stories in the Premier League.

Transfer Special – Part Two  

Mike Calvin, John Cross and Adrian Clarke dissect the biggest transfer stories dominating the back pages and discuss the appointments of Frank de Boer and Mauricio Pellegrino at Crystal Palace and Southampton respectively.

Transfer Special – Part One  

Mike Calvin is joined by Tony Evans and Tom Hopkinson to look at the biggest transfer gossip of the summer as the Premier League’s giants prepare to flex their financial muscle.

Has Southgate grown into the England job?  

Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross (Mirror) and Dom Fifield (Guardian) to look at Gareth Southgate's tenure as England manager ahead of the Three Lions' return to action against Scotland in World Cup qualifying.

Will Real Madrid retain the Champions League?  

Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Adrian Clarke preview the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid and reflect on Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Chelsea and Man United’s Europa League triumph.

Arsenal bid farewell to Champions League football as Terry bows out at the Bridge  

Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Tony Evans reflect on another blockbuster Premier League season and look ahead to the Europa League and FA Cup finals.

Chelsea clinch title as Man City and Liverpool close in on top four  

Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and Dave Kidd dissect the penultimate Premier League weekend of the season as Chelsea wrap up the title, Tottenham wave goodbye to White Hart Lane, Hull City suffer relegation and Arsenal finally look to miss out on the top four.

Spurs ‘bottle it’ at West Ham as Wenger finally beats Mourinho  

Mike Calvin, John Cross and Alyson Rudd reflect on Spurs’ shock defeat as West Ham, Arsene Wenger’s first league win over Jose Mourinho and debate why English clubs are struggling to compete in the Champions League ahead of the semi-final second legs, live on BT Sport.

Has Mourinho gone too far with Luke Shaw?  

Mike Calvin talks to journalists Dominic Fifield and David Walker about Jose Mourinho’s latest gripes, the use of video refs for diving and Tottenham’s defeat of Arsenal. ‚Äč

Missed opportunities for Spurs and City as Chelsea and Arsenal book FA Cup final spot  

Mike Calvin, Tom Hopkinson and Tony Evans dissect Arsenal and Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final triumphs, the race for the Premier League top four and the relegation dogfight as Middlesbrough and Sunderland slip closer to relegation.

It's game on in the title race  

Mike Calvin is joined by journalists John Cross and Jonathan Norcroft, who say Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham could be pivotal.

United should give Zlatan a two-year contract  

Mike Calvin is joined by the Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis and Miguel Delaney of The Independent, who discuss the importance of Ibrahimovic to Man Utd and whether Leicester can pull off another miracle in the Champions League.

Chelsea 'can't lose title from here'  

Journalists Adrian Clarke and Tom Hopkinson join Mike Calvin to discuss whether Blues fans should be worried, and if Alexis Sanchez is damaging team spirit at Arsenal.

Man City primed for top-four battle as Arsenal and Chelsea await  

Mike Calvin, Jonathan Northcroft and Dom Fifield assess Man City’s progress under Pep Guardiola ahead of two huge Premier League fixtures at Arsenal and Chelsea, Liverpool’s Merseyside derby date with in-form Everton and how England are adapting to life under Gareth Southgate.

Arsenal in crisis as Chelsea march on towards the title  

Mike Calvin, Tony Evans and David Walker dissect Arsene Wenger’s lowest point as Arsenal manager, the Premier League title and relegation races, and Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad selection ahead of the international break.

Can City win the Champions League this season?  

Mike Calvin is joined by John Cross (Mirror) and Miguel Delaney (Independent) to discuss all the goings on in this year’s Champions League, including Barca’s incredible comeback last week and whether City can hold on to their 2 goal lead in Monaco, as well as looking ahead to all this weekend’s Premier League action.

Is Sanchez on the way out of Arsenal?  

Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Adrian Clarke assess the latest setback at Arsenal as they drop Alexis Sanchez and drop out of the top four, while the pod also dissect the other big stories from the Premier League and look ahead to the next round of Champions League and Europa League fixtures.

Were Leicester right to sack Ranieri?  

Mike Calvin is joined by Dominic Fifield and Tom Hopkinson to discuss the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Manchester United’s League Cup final win over Southampton and Liverpool’s colossal ‘top-four’ clash with Arsenal, live on BT Sport on Saturday.

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